Members of the Dutch art collective Macular have developed four kinetic light installations for this Wood Street Galleries show. Each of the installations deals with the topic of interference within patterns of light and movement. The works are the outcome of the collective’s broader research into the applications of technology and science within art and their perpetual quest to probe the limits of human perception. The exhibition will be an immersive sensorial experience in which the audience can wander about through an abstract world of kinetic light machines.
Macular is an art collective of a group of artists who share a common interest in art, science, technology, and perception. The members of the collective collaborate on the creation and production of multi-sensorial artworks that are presented at media arts festivals, musea, galleries, and other arts institutions around the world. Macular collective consists of artists Daan Johan, Eric Parren, Jeroen Molenaar, Joris Strijbos, Matthijs Munnik & Nicky Assmann
Fading Shadows (2016) is a kinetic light installation by Joris Strijbos and Nicky Assmann which comes forth from their ongoing research project Moiré Studies under which the duo creates installations and performances based on the principles of the moiré effect. The moiré effect is the phenomenon of spatial interferences provoked by the superimposition of two patterns. In this installation the artists tune the phenomena to the limits of human senses and use the effect as a method for composition.
The work Fading Shadows consists of two vertical static grids placed against a white wall. Two kinetic light machines are placed in front of the grids with each their own motion, namely “Circular Motion” & “Pendulum Motion” and thus creating different movements in the visual patterns. The screens are transformed into optical fields of interference showing a choreography of shadow and light.
Parsec (2013) is a kinetic audio visual machine consisting of 16 identical arms performing a generative composition based on swarm synthesis. Each arm holds two LEDs and a loudspeaker which will create abstract audio visual patterns while being rotated. The core of the installation consists of a swarm synthesizer, 16 identical analogue and modular synthesizers. The synths are programmed to perform swarm like behavior which can also be recognized in the movement and light patterns.
Shifting Structures (2017)
Undulator (2010-2017) is an immersive kinetic installation that explores both the color and reflective properties of light and the effects of flicker on our visual perception system. In a similar fashion to Thomas Wilfred's Lumia machines from the early 20th century, Undulator is a cinematic display that celebrates light in its purest form. A pulsating pattern of complementary colors and gradients is projected onto a reflective surface, its undulating movement distorts the rays of light. Upon hitting the screen the light has been folded from a straight beam into a shape that hints at processes that happen at the microscopic level as well as the cosmic scale. The stroboscopic qualities of the projection add a layer of disorientation to the perception of this ever changing shape.